Virtual road trip raises $200,000 for Ajax

Mayor Shaun Collier and the Ajax Mayor’s Gala Committee are thrilled to announce that the 2021 Virtual Road Trip has raised $200,000 to directly support Ajax charities and initiatives.

In just three years, the Ajax Mayor’s Gala has put more than $400,000 to work in Ajax; funding projects that support marginalized, and vulnerable people in our community.

“I want to thank the incredible group of people that came together to make this virtual road trip possible – from the Gala Committee members, to the production team, and guests. We are very fortunate to have the support of incredible sponsors that helped us bring this vision to life. I am excited to put this money to work in our community, and know that the Gala Committee has selected a variety of timely projects and impactful local charities to assist this year.” Said Mayor Shaun Collier about the event.

The Gala is proud to support charities making a direct, positive impact on the Ajax community:

  • The Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation – Indigenous Community & Healing Garden
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Durham Children’s Aid Foundation
  • Durham Youth Services – Joanne’s House
  • Luke’s Place
  • Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 322 Ajax
  • The Salvation Army

Rose Collier & Sian Gibson, the Gala Committee Co-Chairs said “We are proud to be able to lend a hand to charities and innovative or timely initiatives serving the Ajax community. We hope you enjoyed the Virtual Road Trip as much as we enjoyed the production. A huge thank you to Eric Novak and Ben Stacey for their hard work, and to all of our guests and sponsors for making the 2021 Ajax Mayor’s Gala a success.”.

This year’s Virtual Road Trip premiered June 29 at 7 p.m. and featured highlights of Ajax’s storied history, unique places, and special guests including Ontario’s first Poet Laureate, Randall Adjei.

The recording can be viewed any time on the Gala’s website or YouTube Channel.

The event had sponsors such as Ajax DownsSunCity Developments, and LEDIM Developments. A full list of sponsors can be found at


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